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Congratulations to the newly awarded winner of the 2012 Caine Prize for African writing, Nigerian author of 'Bombay's Republic' Rotimi Babatunde.
Bombay’s Republic, follows a group of African soldiers fighting Hitler on the side of their British colonists, in the jungles of Burma.
Read an excerpt here:
The old jailhouse on the hilltop had remained uninhabited for many decades, through the construction of the town’s first grammar school and the beginning of house-to-house harassment from the affliction called sanitary inspectors, through the laying of the railway tracks by navvies who likewise succeeded in laying pregnancies in the bellies of several lovestruck girls, but fortunes changed for the building with the return of Colour Sergeant Bombay, the veteran who went off with the recruitment officers to Hitler’s War as a man and came back a spotted leopard…
Read the rest of Bombay’s Republic – here.
Or purchase The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012, published by New Internationalist Books – here.
The Caine Prize for African Writing
Since its inception in 2000, The Caine Prize for African Writing has been instrumental in ushering into the literary world emerging new voices from the continent. Nicknamed the ‘African Booker’, the £10,000 prize recognises excellence in short story writing. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include such luminaries as Sudan’s Leila Aboulela (2000) and Kenyan Binyavanga Wainaina (2002).
This year’s shortlist, announced in May, has been drawn up from 122 entries from 14 African countries. Bernardine Evaristo, the chair of the judging panel, described the five shortlisted stories as “truly diverse fiction from a truly diverse continent.” He added:
“This shortlist shows the range of African fiction beyond the more stereotypical narratives. These stories have an originality and facility with language that made them stand out. We’ve chosen a bravely provocative homosexual story set in Malawi; a Nigerian soldier fighting in the Burma Campaign of WW2; a hardboiled noir tale involving a disembodied leg; a drunk young Kenyan who outwits his irate employers; and the tension between Senegalese siblings over migration and family responsibility.”
Read the 2012 shorlisted stories:
The winner will be announced on the 2nd of July.